I found this old Coke machine next to an old wood wagon and some prickley pear cactus in Northern New Mexico near Santa Fe and Taos. In fact I photographed this with my students during a photo workshop Christine and I were teaching in Santa Fe/Taos in 2011.
"Vintage Coca Cola" - New Mexico
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While this was photographed in 2011, I didn't process and enhance the photo until spring of 2012.
This was photographed with my Canon 5DMKII and 17-40mm lens. It is a 3-photo HDR image, meaning I took 3 different photos while my camera was on the tripod, changing the exposure in each to allow me to record details in the bright highlights and dark shadows.
I combined the 3 differently exposed photos into one image using Nik's HDR Efex Pro software. I also used Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro 4, and Viveza 2 (use coupon code mattsuess to receive a discount on Nik's plugins) while enhancing the photo.
I also blended in a photo texture from FlyPaper Textures to complete the look.
I used the HDR process to bring out all of the texture and detail in the scene, as well as to balance the lighting. You can see just how much detail was brought out by looking at one of the original 3 photos below.
One of the 3 original photo exposures